I had a considerable amount of time with reconstruction of a new live room at my studio where I wasn't gonna be able to mic any amps up. While I find some of the software amp modeling usable I wanted something that was going to be a step up from the plugins and bought an Axe FXII. Construction's all done and I've actually been buying some vintage amps to add to the old arsenal and migrating back to the real. That said and even amongst some classic real amps, the AxeII is still a keeper and worth every dime. No comparison with the software and while there's two Kemper's here in the other studios which sound perfectly great, I think the Axe is a better studio tool more capable of dialing in things to a microscopic degree. It'd be a great worthy piece of gear for any guitarist.